Reflections

Advent Calendar 2017

A special gift for you from the Prayer Bench, an Advent calendar. Each day from December 1 to New Year's Day, it offers you a practice or gesture for creating hope, peace, joy and love in complicated times. Your Advent calendar is available as a free instant download....

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Unbearable Saints

These are the thin days of Hallow's Eve, All Saints and Souls when we offer thanks for those who linger with us and the souls who come to find us. Here among us are the saints-in-making the challenging one, close by or far away the incredibly rude one the smoker all...

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Moon When the Plums are Scarlet

"Moon When the Plums are Scarlet" This is one of the poetic names for the September moon. It's also known as the "Corn Moon." The October moon will be the "Harvest Moon" this year, but this full moon, hanging close to the horizon, also reminds us of what is completed...

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Of Trees and Memories

A Prayer Bench Guest Post By Rosemary Ingraham, Arrowwood Alberta   This sunny Sunday afternoon, I’m sitting on my deck, under the canopy of my mountain ash tree, while being serenaded by any number of songbirds. When my husband and I were married, 49 years ago today,...

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Summer Soul 2017

Welcome to Summer Soul 2017 Thank you for registering for Summer Soul. It is a package so full of resources to inspire and nurture your soul in summer that it overflowed. Below are the extras! I hope you enjoy the package and the extras here. Please "Leave a reply"...

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I Remember the Laughter

It was on an Easter Sunday, 1972 I believe and Grant United Church, my home church, the little church by the Lake, saw a rather large confirmation class lined up along the front of the church. There were four of us. We had memorized the shorter catechism — and knew a...

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Such Great Hope is Spring

Guest Post by Linda Atkinson Linda Atkinson lives in Hardwood Lands, Nova Scotia. From her home there, and influenced by her years as a camping enthusiast and recreation professional, she enjoys observing and playing in the natural world. Late last spring, from my...

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